Janay is a vocalist and artist, mostly sketching and experimenting with color in her free time. She currently works as a paraprofessional for teens with severe autism and enjoys sharing her love of music and art with her students. For The Body Project she is artistically investigating the humor BLOOD.
No matter how hard I tried to expand with this humor and think outside of my usual nailed together box, I continue to think of blood as a beautiful life source for energy. Energy and fluidity for dancing, movement, and passion. Energy for living. “What grows from energy?” I ask myself literally and figuratively. I think of flowers, fast and flowing movements, awakening, heart beats, passion, all stemming from a source of energy. I think and express in black in white and look at how to use personal expression to turn it into color.
A few weeks ago, I reached out to my friend Dana Whitt to help me express and expand on this idea. The amazing thing is while I was drafting and thinking in black and white, beauty and concrete imagery, she was thinking in abstract color! Exploring this humor and these ideas with her have been both challenging and inspiring.
In the above sketches, I was expressing the humors that spoke to me. Exposing parts of the body that I believe the humor of blood effects most. Like the chest where the heart is - a source of life. And and a young woman's back, which reflects youth. These are just two body parts represented. We settled on four.
I am excited for our two artistic personalities to mesh into one expressive form and to share it with the city, family, and friends.